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Rooney ´straining at leash´ as United chase top spot

Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing to unleash a fit-again Wayne Rooney on the Premier League as Manchester United look to kick-start their title charge at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Rooney made his first start for United since early October in Wednesday's Champions League trip to Glasgow, scoring from the penalty spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Rangers.

Ferguson admits Rooney is a long way from being the unstoppable force that saw him score 34 times in all competitions last season on his way to scooping the Players' Player of the Year award.

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